Progress Updates for Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar Dredging and Sand Placement Project

July 26, 2018

As of late afternoon Weeks Marine Inc. reports the following:

  • The section of the beach currently closed off to the public stretches about 200 feet in either direction from the Barbee Boulevard access.
  • There are a few pieces of heavy equipment remaining to ship out along with a small amount of shore pipe.
  • The subline with the pontoon is still in place, but based on the current weather forecast they should be able to push this off into the water and remove from the area on Saturday.
  • Barring any changed in the weather forecast or shipping schedules, all equipment will be removed and the Barbee Boulevard beach access will be back open by August 1, 2018.
  • After August 1, 2018, all that will remain is for a local company to replant the sea grass at the Barbee and Caswell staging locations.
July 19, 2018

As of noon today, Weeks Marine Inc. has blocked off the SE 58th Street beach access and is actively pumping sand and working in that area. The area of the beach closed to the public stretches from SE 61st Street to SE 58 Street. The shore pipe extends from SE 58th Street to about 1,000 ft. west of the Oak Island Pier. Weeks Marine Inc. states they will be completely finished with the sand placement in about 3-4 hours. The SE 58th Street beach access will open back up at that time.

Weeks Marine Inc. will spend the next 2-3 days dismantling the shore pipe and moving all equipment to a de-staging area near the Barbee Boulevard access. Weeks Marine Inc. recommends that the public avoids the Barbee Boulevard area on Saturday and Sunday as it will be congested at times when large trucks are picking up the shore pipe to transport this equipment out of the area.

Bulldozers, front-loaders, shore pipe and other equipment will be staged in a cordoned off area that begins at Barbee Boulevard and stretches approximately 1,000 feet west for around two weeks as the remaining large equipment is shipped out of the area. This de-staging area will shrink toward Barbee Boulevard over this period as the equipment is shipped off.

July 17, 2018

Weeks Marine Inc. gave the following report at 3:30 p.m. today:

Weather is preventing Weeks Marine Inc. from continuing work today, but based on current weather reports they expect to resume the dredging and sand placement project sometime tomorrow morning. Barring any bad weather or technical difficulties with the dredge, they estimate they will have 24-36 more hours of sand placement once they are able to commence work again. Currently, the area of the beach closed to the public where the immediate work is taking place stretches from SE 70th Street to SE 61st Street. They will nourish about 400 feet further west from SE 61st Street before beginning to break down the shore pipes. They hope to have this area back open again to the public sometime on Saturday.

They estimate they will break down the shore pipe on Thursday and Friday and will be moving all equipment to a staging area at the Barbee Boulevard access. Weeks Marine Inc. recommends that the public avoids the Barbee Boulevard area on Saturday and Sunday as it will be congested at times when large trucks are picking up the shore pipe to transport this equipment out of the area. Bulldozers, front-loaders, shore pipe and other equipment will be staged in a cordoned off area that begins at Barbee Boulevard and stretches approximately 1,000 feet west for around two weeks as the remaining large equipment is shipped out of the area. This de-staging area will shrink toward Barbee Boulevard over this period as the equipment is shipped off.

July 9, 2018

As of this evening around 5:45 p.m., Weeks Marine Inc. is moving items like dumpsters, port-a-johns and other equipment further west. The Crowell Street access is open, but there is still shore pipe coming in around this area off of the landing. The area of the beach closed to the public begins just west of Crowell and stretches to approximately SE 69th Street. Sand ramps are in place for much of the area between Crowell Street and SE 73rd Street, but there remains a good quantity of shore pipe staged in this area that would need to be moved west before any sections are opened up to the public. The beach access at SE 64th Street is open.

July 7, 2018

As of this morning the beach access at SE 72nd Street is open. The section of the beach that is closed to the public begins at SE 74th Street on the western end and stretches east to the Oak Island Pier. The Keziah Street access is open along with all of the beach accesses east of the Oak Island Pier.

July 6, 2018

As of this morning, Weeks Marine Inc. has open most of the beach east of the pier, though there are still some pipes near the Keziah Street access, which is blocked off. At this time most of the heavy machinery is working around SE 79th Street and starting to push sand to the west. The area of the beach that is closed to the public stretches from Crowell Street to SE 76th Street. The beach access at Womble Street is also closed.

July 5, 2018

As of this morning, the areas of the beach closed to the public begins just to the west of the 700 building of the Oak Island Beach Villas (OIBV) and ends just east of the Oak Island Beach Pier. In all communications prior to today, it had been communicated that no more than a 1,000 foot section of the beach would be closed at any given time. It has also been communicated that the area in front of OIBV would no longer be closed off to the public. Weeks Marine Inc. stated that it was necessary to close off such a large area because they were unable to contain the crowds on the beach when a smaller area was cordononed off to complete the necessary work. Weeks Marine Inc. states they will finish working in this area today and begin moving the shore pipe either tonight or tomorrow. They expect that the area that is closed off today will open again to the public by Saturday.

Weeks Marine Inc. also expects to begin blocking off a 1,000 foot section starting on the west side of the pier that will stretch to approximately SE 79th Street on Saturday.

June 28, 2018

As of mid-morning:

  • Weeks Marine Inc. is working to get the landing in position today on Yaupon Beach. It will be located near the Crowell Street access (most likely just west of this access).
  • Once the landing is in place, Weeks Marine Inc. will begin placing sand at the landing location and begin moving east toward the Oak Island Pier.
  • The parking lot at the Oak Island Pier is closed.
  • The Caswell Beach public parking lot is closed.
  • The large slurry pipes and other equipment is staged just south of the access at the Oak Island Golf Club, ending east of the Oak Island Beach Villas.
  • Additional equipment and slurry pipes are staged in the 700/800 section of Caswell Beach that is just south of Ocean Greens.
June 26, 2018

As of this morning at 10 a.m.:

  • All accesses in front of Ocean Greens, Caswell Dunes and the Oak Island Beach Villas (OIBV) are open.
  • Weeks Marine Inc. is using a section of Caswell Beach in front of the Oak Island Golf Course as a staging area for the shore pipe and other materials. This area is east of OIBV and does not extend in front of the condos.
  • Weeks Marine Inc. estimates that all dredging/nourishment equipment will be removed from Caswell Beach by today.
  • The Caswell Beach public parking lot will be today as Weeks Marine Inc. stack materials and store equipment for removal.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers interactive map, the next area of the beach that will see sand placement is south of SE 79th street. This is slated to begin tomorrow and will move east to the beach south of Sherrill Avenue and Crowell Street on Thursday. Please remember all dates are estimates.

June 23, 2018

Weeks Marine Inc. reports they they are working to remove the subline and the shore pipe (aka slurry pipe) from the 200-400 blocks of Caswell Beach today and into tomorrow. Today they will also begin removing the shore pipe from the 500-800 blocks of Caswell Beach and will be closing off 500 foot sections of the beach at a time while they are working to disassemble and move the pipe. The pipe will be placed in their staging area in the 700/800 blocks before it is moved to the Caswell Beach public parking lot on Monday to be shipped out.

Sunday and Monday they will remove the pipe from the section that stretches from the 800 block to McGlamery Street. Weeks Marine Inc. states this work will take place before 10 am and after 4 pm and during the late evening they will move the pipe over to Yaupon Beach. Please stay off these sections of the beach during these time periods.

They estimate that by Tuesday all dredging/nourishment equipment will be removed from Caswell Beach.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot will be closed Monday-Tuesday as they stack materials and store equipment for removal.

June 22, 2018

As of this afternoon, beach access is closed in the 100 and 200 blocks of Caswell Beach as the slurry pipe is being dismantled in these areas. The access for Caswell Dunes at Pinehurst Drive is open with a sand ramp for visitors to walk over the slurry pipe. Starting in front of the 100 building of the Oak Island Beach Villas (OIBV) and stretching west to the section in front of the Oak Island Golf Course, the beach is closed for staging purposes. Starting in front of the 100 building of OIBV and stretching west to McGlamery, the beach is now open and there are no slurry pipes on this section of the beach at this time.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 21, 2018

As of mid-afternoon, the fenced off area closed to the public stretches from the eastern end of the Oak Island Beach Villas west to just past McGlamery Street. The dredge is back up and running.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 20, 2018

Weeks Marine Inc. states that the dredge went down yesterday around 2 p.m. They are laying pipe now and hope to have the dredge back up and running by 2 p.m. today. The fenced off area is no longer in front of the Caswell Dunes section, but does cover the entire area in front of Oak Island Beach Villas (the western edge is approximately 1,000 feet east of McGlamery). The large public parking lot on Caswell Beach is now open and they will have it open through the weekend.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 19, 2018

As of 2:15 p.m., the area of the beach closed off to the public runs from the western edge of the Oak Island Beach Villas to the area in front of Caswell Dunes. The Oak Island Beach Villas that is the closest to an open section of beach is between the 1300 and 1400 buildings. Guests may walk to the west behind the fenced off area to reach the open beach. The public parking beach access on Caswell Beach is still closed.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 18, 2018

As of approximately 10:30 a.m., the area of the beach closed off to the public stretches from approximately one block east of Pinehurst Drive in front of Caswell Dunes west to the 700 building of the Oak Island Beach Villas. The beach accesses at the Oak Island Beach Villas are blocked from the 100 building up to the 700 building. Weeks Marine Inc. communicated that they hope to complete the sand placement in front of the Oak Island Beach Villas over the next week. The Caswell Beach public parking area is closed.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 16, 2018

As of approximately 11 a.m., the area of the beach closed off to the public stretches from approximately one block in either direction from Pinehurst Drive in front of Caswell Dunes. Both Bob Spake Way and Joe Obrien Way (public beach accesses) in front of Caswell Dunes are closed at this time. The Caswell Beach public parking area is closed.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 14, 2018

Today work is being done in front of Ocean Greens and the second beach access for Caswell Dunes. All accesses are open except for Bob Spake Way. Large machinery is moving the slurry pipes down the beach. The dredge will be back up and running this evening. The large public parking lot on Caswell Beach will be closed beginning tonight around 8 p.m. until roughly early Sunday.

Weeks Marine Inc. estimates that if they are able to work without interruption, then they will reach the east end of the Oak Island Beach Villas on Sunday.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 12-13, 2018

As of early afternoon, the active construction area that is fenced off is south of the Caswell Dunes community. The accesses at Oceangreens Lane (the far east end of Caswell Dunes) and the beach access at Pinehurst Drive (golf cart and bicycle parking are available here) are open. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

Per Weeks Marine Inc., the dredge is down again until Friday, but they are working to set up pipe and create sand ramps in the mean time.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot will be closed intermittently.

June 8, 2018

As of early afternoon, the active construction is just west of the large public beach access on Caswell Beach and includes the 700 blocks and portions of the beach in front of Ocean Greens and Caswell Dunes. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot also remains closed at this time.

June 7, 2018

As of 2:30 p.m., portions of the 600 block and the 700 block of Caswell Beach are closed as nourishment work goes on in this area. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot also remains closed at this time.

June 6, 2018

OIA can report that at 12:45 pm today the dredge is running and Weeks Marine Inc. is currently pumping sand directly in front of the public parking access on Caswell Beach. The western edge of the construction zone closed to public access is just east of 713 Caswell Beach Road.

June 5, 2018

As of midday, the active work zone closed to the public includes portions of the 600 block and beach in front of the large public parking area between the 600 and 700 blocks of Caswell Beach. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

The public parking lot remains closed at this time.

June 1, 2018

Week Marine Inc. reports that they are hoping to complete the nourishment work in the 100-400 blocks by sundown today and open these sections of beach back up to the public. The large pipe carrying the sand slurry will remain on the beach in these areas, with sand ramps allowing access to the beach spaced approximately 400 feet apart.

Caswell Beach’s large public parking lot will be closed for the next 10-12 days as the company uses this area for staging pipes and other equipment.

Work will continue in the 500-600 blocks and this area will be fenced off with a mixture of orange sand fencing and caution tape. The public should not enter this area for their own safety. There will be an small area between the sand fencing and the dunes where the public can walk behind the project to access an open area of beach.

They estimated that, at high tide, there is now approximately 125 feet of sand between the dunes and the high tide line. Previously this was only about 25 feet at high tide.

May 31, 2018

Work from the Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar dredging project is underway between the 100 and 600 blocks of Caswell Beach. Public beach accesses along this section of the beach will not reopen until work has been completed in this area. Machinery, trucks and gators may also be moving between this area and Weeks Marine Inc.’s staging areas located in the 800 block and at the large public beach access between the 600 and 700 blocks of Caswell Beach. Gators carrying the Caswell Beach Turtle Watch will be moving from the Town of Caswell Beach’s offices to the work area and along the length of the pipe to check for turtle nesting activity.

May 27-30, 2018

Beach nourishment is underway between the 100 and 300 blocks of Caswell Beach.

May 25, 2018

Caswell Beach Mayor Deborah Ahlers reports that the cutter suction dredge CR McCaskill will arrive at the Cape Fear River over the weekend and will begin pumping sand onto Caswell Beach’s east end near the entrance to the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell as soon as the dredge is secured.

May 16, 2018

Guests will notice increased activity in the 800 block of Caswell Beach Road as Weeks Marine Inc. stages their equipment and begins mobilizing the equipment onto Caswell Beach over the next two weeks.